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Abstract Painting in Vermont

Time to Paint!

August 12 - 16, 2019  Mon - Thu: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm  Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(you must committ to attend all 5 days of the workshop)

“I want to paint…”

     • Larger

     • Looser

     • More regularly

     • With more ease and less agony.

Do you envision a time in the future when you will paint the way you want to paint? You know the time is now, but still can’t get past the idea of “eventually I will” paint like I want to paint. In this workshop we will play with time as an element of the painting process. We will warm up with speed painting (cover the whole page in 45 seconds), timed drawings (two-minutes to make a statement), and five-minute paintings. We will graduate to longer “poses” for larger works, and experiment with layering one timed process over another.

I have found that given a limited time to create a compelling image or visual statement, the brain has to get out of the way, and my intuitive visual response kicks in more quickly. This workshop is an opportunity to give your visual response a workout (and your brain a rest). You will also have time to work on the images generated by the timed experiments, and see how the exercises have affected the fluidity of your process.  

This workshop is open to intermediate - advanced students.

You are intermediate if:

      • You are familiar with acrylic paint, have some experience with it.

      • You have a basic foundation in composition.

      • You are familiar with color vocabulary and color mixing.

With very few spots available in this workshop preference is given to those who have taken a workshop with me.

Housing and Meals

There are plenty of accommodations in Manchester, very convenient to the workshop venue. Click here for a list of local accommodations. Lunch will be provided Monday - Friday. The catered meal features the finest of fresh local ingredients at the height of the growing season. There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance of the workshop venue and accommodations, where you can get breakfast and dinner. There is also a snack bar in the Manchester Community library, just outside the workshop space.

Important Workshop Information

Taking this workshop is a commitment to attending ALL class hours. Make your travel plans accordingly.

There is NO art supply store in Manchester, so you need to bring all your supplies.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Please read the requirements for the workshop, the FAQ's, the supply list and let me know before the workshop if you have any questions.


$695. includes: tuition, materials fee (I supply cheap drawing paper), and five lunches.

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